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Mental Health Emergencies
The remote and isolated health workforce frequently identify that they feel insufficiently trained and skilled to manage people presenting with acute mental health issues, substance use, suicidal behaviours and episodes of acute distress. This course aims to build participant knowledge, skills and confidence in responding to such presentations.
- About this course
- Are you confident of your ability to manage mental health emergencies?
- Would you like to develop your skills in responding to acute mental illness and severe distress?
- Are you required to assist clients who have used substances or alcohol?
The Mental Health Emergencies (MHE) course is designed to enable remote health staff to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to respond with confidence when encountering clients presenting with acute mental health issues, substance use, suicidal behaviour or episodes of acute distress.
- Who is this course for?
The MHE course is designed to meet the learning needs of the remote and isolated health workforce (Nurses, Midwives, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Practitioners, Paramedics and Medical Officers) who assess and manage clients with mental health needs, substance use or episodes of acute distress.
The course can be modified according to needs of the health service and be delivered on an organisational basis.
If you have any queries about the course or its relevance to your practice, submit an enquiry here.
- Course delivery
The MHE course uses a blended learning approach:
- Online pre-course modules that must be completed prior to the workshop
- Attendance at a one day face to face workshop
Our alternative MHE program for 100% online attendance is also available.
For a private face to face course, please submit an enquiry here for further information.
- On successful completion of this course, clinicians will have covered…
- Effective communication
- Mental health assessment
- Mental health emergencies — acute distress and acute mental illness
- Managing acute mental disturbance – current best practice in the remote & isolated health context
- Managing acute intoxication and withdrawal – current best practice in the remote & isolated health context
- Self-harm and suicide
- On successful completion participants will be awarded…
- A CRANAplus Mental Health Emergencies course certificate
- Catering information
Given the remote location of many of our courses, we are sometimes restricted to Vegetarian and Gluten Free dietary options. While we always supply fresh food and fruit, particular foods may not be easily accessed in remote areas. Should you have quite specific restrictions we encourage you to bring some basics and then pick and choose from the fresh food offered on the day. You should also inform us of any allergies you may have so we can advise the caterer and be aware of the situation.
- Financial support to attend
CRANAplus Members receive a discount on face-to-face course registration and are eligible to apply for various CRANAplus professional development grants to meet the costs associated with course attendance. You can also find a list of grants and scholarships offered by external providers, such as the Health Workforce Scholarship Program, on our Pathway Incentives page.
- Additional FAQs
View the answers to other frequently asked questions about CRANAplus face-to-face courses.
Supporting Generalist Health Practitioners in the Bush to Help Meet the Mental Health Needs of Their Communities
Amanda North, 2018, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses News Spring Edition, Page 13
You can now enrol in an MHE course that is totally online. Numbers will be limited. Click here to find out more and secure a spot.